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Music Technology A Level at Liverpool College

Course description

A passion for the subject and being able to play a musical instrument is essential for this course, as pupils tend to play for each other‟s recordings. The ability read music will help a great deal.
The Music Technology department occupies two computer rooms and a fully operational recording studio. A mixture of practical work in the studio and using computer-based sequencing software is combined with a programme of listening and theory. Independent listening and research is essential at both AS and A2. Music Technology at „A‟ Level will equip you to study subjects involving audio processing and Music Technology at University.

Course content

AS Music Technology 8MT1

Unit 1 Music Technology Portfolio 1

You will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out.
You must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 1:

Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance
Task 1B: Multi-track Recording
Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement

Unit 2 Listening and Analysing

This unit provides you with an opportunity to study the styles most common in popular music and demonstrate this knowledge using aural discrimination skills. You will study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day, giving you an overview of the main styles and trends during the development of popular music.

A2 Music Technology 9MT01

Unit 3 Music Technology Portfolio 2

Unit 3 builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves detailed study of Area of Study 3: The Development of Technology based Music. Pupils must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 2:

Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance
Task 3B: Multi-track Recording
Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology.

Unit 4 Analysing and Producing

Pupils will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material provided on an examination paper and recorded on an audio CD.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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